7 Reasons You Need to Take a Cruise This Year
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Underwater lounges. Seamless on-board technology. Food from high-wattages chefs. These are just a few experiences you can have on a ship in 2018.
Who doesn't love a good cruise? There's something magical about being out on the open sea, cocktail in hand while you lounge by the pool, or sailing along one of the world's great rivers, as picturesque villages and towns pass you by. And there's never been a better time to get on a cruise ship than this year, as the industry continues to roll out new itineraries in far-flung places, from French Polynesia to Patagonia, and groundbreaking concepts such as a river-cruise line that caters to milennials. Here, Travel + Leisure editors share the 14 reasons why you should choose to set sail right now.
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You Can Even Have the Boat All to Yourself.
Though there's plenty to love about sailing on a large ship (casinos! waterslides!), there's also something magical about being on a smaller vessel — especially when it's with only your friends and family. This spring, Belmond Afloat in France is launching two new barges, each accommodating eight passengers and available strictly for charters. The Pivoine will navigate the Marne, in the heart of Champagne, while the Lilas will travel the Marne–Rhine canal in Alsace. Both boats feature spacious, earth-toned suites and an open-air top deck that feels like a grand living room, complete with a plunge pool.
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The Amenities Will Blow Your Mind.
Cruise ships are adding lavish features, some never before seen in the industry. Each of Ponant's four Explorer-class ships will offer underwater lounges below sea level. Passengers can sip cocktails while looking at screens that project images of the surrounding waters. Crystal Cruises started this trend with the Crystal Esprit, and its forthcoming Crystal Endeavor will also feature a submarine when it launches in fall 2019. The Scenic Eclipse, an expedition vessel debuting in August, will also have a sub. The Celebrity Edge will have six two-story suites with verandas and o